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Public Defense: Tactile Paths

On December 12th & 13th composer and doublebass-player Christopher Williams will defend his thesis Tactile Paths to obtain his doctoral degree.

Tactile Paths

Tactile Paths is an artistic research project that aims to expand and articulate the feedback between notation and improvisation in experimental music. The project centers on William’s own work as a composer-performer, as well as on music by artists such as Barrett, Braxton, Cardew, Goldstein, Hayward, Ostertag, Polwechsel, Schnebel, and Smith. Realizations of select pieces and comparative analysis of scores and recordings will reveal phenomenological links among aesthetically and historically diverse work, aiming to develop a use-based theory of notation for improvisers relevant to artists and scholars alike.

The public defense takes place in two stages. On December 12th he will publicly elucidate his artistic work through a concert in Studio LOOS. Three pieces will be performed and discussed: A Thorough Bass -- and throughly based (2011) for solo washtub bass, by Phil Corner; a new duo developed with Berlin-based dancer and performer Jadi Carboni; and excerpts from Williams' radio piece A Treatise Remix (2015), re-remixed, live-annotated, and extended with the help of Justin Bennett and local musicians.

On December 13th Christopher Williams will publicly defend his thesis in the Small Auditorium in the Academiegebouw in Leiden. The dissertation will be published as a media-rich website.



12 December 2016 at 7.30 PM

Studio LOOS

De Constant Rebecqueplein 20B, Den Haag


13 December 2016 at 11.15 AM

Small Auditorium  of the Academy building

Leiden University, Rapenburg 73



Prof. Frans de Ruiter

Richard Barrett

Prof. dr. Marcel Cobussen


Both defenses are open to the public. Entrance is free.

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